Healthy Habits Start at Home
Guest: Janet Carter – Dietetic Services, MUSC
Host: Dr. Linda Austin – Psychiatry, MUSC
Dr. Linda Austin: I’m Dr. Linda Austin. Your child’s health habits begin at home. Janet Carter, Registered Dietician at MUSC Children’s Hospital, offers some tips.
Janet Carter: The best thing that parents can do for their kids is to be a good role model and show the kids that they enjoy eating healthfully; that it’s good for your body, and then the kids will really want to emulate that.
Dr. Linda Austin: Healthy living should be part of daily family life.
Janet Carter: Families should really do their physical activity and their healthful eating together, as a family. Eating dinner at the table, going out for a walk, as a family, it really makes it much more enjoyable.
Dr. Linda Austin: Don’t be afraid to set clear guidelines for you children.
Janet Carter: Children need to ask for permission to eat or to go into the refrigerator and get food. Younger children, five and six, and seven years, old, they should be asking their mom or dad if they can have something before they go and get it.
Dr. Linda Austin: In other words, health starts at home.
For more information, visit www.muschealth.com/children. This is brought to you by MUSC Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s department stores. Remember, Kohl’s cares for kids.